Insider Tips on Making Your Job More Satisfying and Improving Your Career
You Can Take Control and Enjoy Your Job
Are you dealing with a job that is Making you Sick, Losing you Money and Promotions or Causing you to be Upset and Angry? Do you Feel Like You Are Without Your Soul to the Corporation?
You know, a job is not supposed to be like that, and if that's what you are facing, then it's time for you to make some decisions, confront the situation and resolve what happening.
Believe me, I know from experience that it is possible to change the situation at work. I've been through it all and had bosses who where everything from fantastic to raving lunatics.
Your Job Can Effect Your Mental State, Your Body and Your Family
Is your job making you physically ill? Do you dread getting up each day because you have to go to the hated office? Do you only feel alive on the weekends because you don’t have to go to work? Is your boss an idiot who is constantly harassing you, denying you raises and making you miserable?
Wouldn’t it be better to look forward to going to work each day? Would you enjoy a challenging job where you receive a fair wage, are treated humanely and with compassion, and where you receive the resources, training and help you need to be successful?
Seems like a dream, doesn’t it? Jobs like that don’t exist in real life, do they?
Get the Answers From Someone Who Has Been Through it all
I worked in unsatisfying jobs for employers that didn’t care and wouldn’t reward good and competent service. I remained loyal, blindly doing what I was told, forced to be on call 24x7, to work without adequate training and resources, and going months without a complement or a thank you.
I survived through sheer force of will, determination and a belief in myself and my abilities.
But there is a better way than taking the abuse and being a victim of poor management, insufficient support, unreasonable and even illegal demands. You can take control of your situation, as long as you are willing to speak up for yourself, demand your rights and to be treated fairly, and be willing to move of if you cannot correct the situation.
Learn to communicate without fear
- Handle the whacko boss
- Deal with harassment without mercy
- Stop being taken advantage of and being used
- Get that promotion or raise that you deserve
- And be prepared to walk away if you must
Start making the changes you need to be happy with your job today
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Publisher: The Writing King
“A good job is more than just a paycheck. A good job fosters independence and discipline, and contributes to the health of the community. A good job is a means to provide for the health and welfare of your family, to own a home, and save for retirement.” – James H. Douglas, Jr.
Is there such a thing as the perfect job? I’m sure we each have our own definition of perfection in the workplace. Some people prefer to work in the great outdoors, others enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of an office in a skyscraper, and some enjoy working out of an RV.
Regardless, sometimes conditions conspire to make the regular trek to a job feel like a trip through Dante’s Inferno. Sometimes, these are out of our control, such as a malicious manager or incompetent colleague.
Years ago, the company where I worked was located in a two-story building, and my department was upstairs. The roof leaked, the carpets were dirty; the walls had bare rafters, and the furniture consisted of hand-me-downs from a dozen different offices.
Nonetheless, it was a great place to work, because the team was a group of brilliant engineers and technicians who were a joy to work with. The projects were challenging, yet achievable, the money paid the bills, and the culture of the company demanded that each employee was a valuable member of the team.
On the other hand, I have worked in businesses with absolutely perfect environments, yet were challenging, because the boss was completely whacked. In one case, my supervisor was certified as insane by a psychiatrist, which made it very uncomfortable to work with him as his moods and reactions were completely unpredictable. Needless to say, that job could be a challenge at times.
A characteristic that creates a pleasant work environment is the belief that the company cares, the boss listens, and there is a chance to get ahead and, perhaps, get a raise or promotion. Being taken advantage of often causes the perfect job to become dreary and tedious. Like most of us, I’m sure, bosses have made promises to me in the past to get extra work and longer hours and then reneged when the time came to pay up.
The ideal work environment is free from harassment of all kinds. You should expect to be treated as a human being, although your employer has every right to demand that you put in a solid day’s work for a day’s pay. Anything that creates a hostile work environment is harassment, but always keep in mind it is the right, in fact, the duty, of an employer to insist that each employee works to their maximum potential.
In fact, one of the characteristics of an excellent job is being supported by your boss and employer, such that you can do the best job possible with the highest quality. The worst places where I have worked had conditions, such that it was impossible to deliver quality service in an competent manner.
Sometimes, one or more team member can intentionally or unintentionally create a workplace environment that is miserable for others. A sarcastic employee, for example, who makes rude and hostile comments can undermine a person’s confidence and abilities.
There are times when the knowledge that getting a promotion or raise is not possible makes it onerous to come to work each day. There is no longer an incentive to put in more than the requisite effort, ask for training, and deliver higher-than-expected quality and performance. The goal of getting a paycheck for day-to-day work is often not enough; many of us need that additional incentive, more pay for more responsibility, to make us stretch our efforts.
Another thing to make a job miserable is when you are incompetent at a particular task. The word incompetence is not an insult; it merely means that a person doesn’t understand how to do a particular job or task. This can be difficult to fix until it’s admitted and understood, and then it’s amazing how easy it becomes. Some additional training, perhaps, or even the assignment of a mentor to help out can solve the problem relatively quickly.
Always, the best long-term strategy is to have enough financial depth that you can withstand leaving your job if need be. I recommend you have at least six months’ salary in the bank or similarly liquid to enable you to survive long enough to find a new place to work.
Check out Help! I've Lost My Job: Tips on What to do When You're Unexpectedly Unemployed for advice on what to do if you decide to leave your job suddenly, or you’re pushed out the door.
I created this book to provide some simple tips to help you if you find yourself in a situation where you’re no longer motivated by your job, or it’s become downright detrimental to your health and survival. Throughout my thirty-five year career, I’ve held positions that were extraordinarily fulfilling, and I’ve also been in jobs that made me sick, depressed, and totally unmotivated. Unfortunately, recognizing a bad situation is one thing; having the wherewithal, resources, and financial depth to do something about it is another.